Mark Twains Views on Society

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Mark Twain's Views on Society
Over the course of time man has interacted with the world around him in order to find the happiest way to live. He started off in the wilderness, with nature, where he discovered God, who kept him on the right path. Man than came together in communities to attempt to help one another to achieve happiness. In his novels Mark Twain does an excellent job discussing the relationships man has had with his surroundings. Twain's most renowned and praised work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is coincidently also his most controversial novel. It is the compelling story of a young boy, Huck, who runs away from his drunken father with Jim, a runaway slave. Their journey takes them down the Mississippi River in hope of eventually being able to return north. Throughout Huck's adventures, the reader watches as society changes around him as he heads deeper and deeper into the South. It shows how horrible the blacks were treated before the Civil War and how little society has changed in the time after the Civil War. Another Twain novel, Letters from the Earth, shares the same theme of society. It contains an interesting collection of letters written by Lucifer, who is banished from heaven to live on Earth for a period of time. Lucifer writes to the other Archangels about the way humans live out their lives and their views on God and religion. Twain's own views on society are expressed in these letters; he writes about human nature and how the race functions in everyday life. Mark Twain's novels, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Letters from the Earth, critique the prosperous relationship man has with Nature, the unsteady bond Man has with God, and also critiques the rough relationship Man has with Society. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck is found on a raft floating down the great Mississippi River to escape from civilization. By escaping civilization Huck finds himself in what seems to be his most comfortable place, nature. Nature is not only representative of comfort for Huck but it is a symbol of freedom for him as well. He found it harder living in a house than out in wilderness with only the earth beneath him: The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I couldn't stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied. But Tom Sawyer he hunted me up and said he was going to start a band of robbers, and I might join if I would go back to the widow and be respectable. So I went back (Twain 11) On the first page of the novel Huck makes known to the reader how much he does not want to have anything to do with society and rules. The idea of a structured life simply did not appeal to Huck. He wanted to be alone in the woods where he could live with the land. Huck speaks specifically about being free and satisfied with only his rags to cover him. The raft was easy living for Huck and Jim, "We [Huck and Jim] said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft." (Twain 117). Huck became connected with nature and enjoyed it. The final lines of the novel are the most valuable evidence supporting Huck's connection with nature, "But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before."(Twain 279). He clearly hates the idea of a structured life with four walls. He wanted desperately to get away from that. At the end of the novel Huck makes the decision to head west to the untamed territories, the ultimate escape from civilization. He needs that freedom to be able to do what he wants, whenever he wants; the west has great prospects for him to...
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